Creecy sets 70% pass rate mark

17 JUNE 2009 MMO --  Khabisi Mosunkutu during MEC Barbara Chris  visited  Meadowlands Secondary scholl in soweto . MOHAU MOFOKENG
17 JUNE 2009 MMO -- Khabisi Mosunkutu during MEC Barbara Chris visited Meadowlands Secondary scholl in soweto . MOHAU MOFOKENG

GAUTENG education MEC Barbara Creecy wants Meadowlands High School to achieve a 70percent matric pass rate at the end of the year - though it achieved much less in the last exams.

GAUTENG education MEC Barbara Creecy wants Meadowlands High School to achieve a 70percent matric pass rate at the end of the year - though it achieved much less in the last exams.

Headmaster Moses Senye, who is a regional chairperson of the South African Democratic Teachers' Union, has been at the centre of the havoc at schools earlier this month and prominent in telling teachers to stay away over grievances about appointments.

The union disrupted schools in Soweto, Florida, Lenasia, Lenasia South and Eldorado Park.

Creecy had a brief closed-door meeting with district officials, staff and safety and security MEC Khabisi Mosunkutu.

"We want a 70percent pass rate," Greecy said. "If you achieve that I will throw a party for you."

The school achieved 19,07 percent matric pass rate last year. In 2007 it achieved 48,76 percent.

Creecy, Mosunkutu, the police and department officials visited Soweto schools to ensure that normal schooling had resumed after the strike.

Senye said: "We commit ourselves to going back to class and teaching learners. We will honour the call by President Jacob Zuma, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and the MEC for education.

"We are going to work hard. The school, education department, parents and learners are in this together. Seventy percent is our target. The MEC did not order us but asked what our target was and I told her it was 70percent."

Senye said the school conducted morning, afternoon and Saturday classes.

"The educational supplements we give them will also help achieve this goal," Senye said.

Mosunkutu said: "School violence is one of many things that trouble us. We must eliminate houses that sell drugs and alcohol near schools.

"We have come a long way. Many men and women have made sacrifices for our education. We expect a lot from you. Whether you are rich or poor, you have a powerful vision, so make us proud."

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